Coffee pads into his family’s bedroom and with ease, leaps onto their bed. He makes a beeline to the nearest pet parent’s belly, and rhythmically, kneads his paws into his mother. In a state of feline Nirvana, Coffee begins to purr.
Smiling, Coffee’s parents reach out and lightly stroke him. Teary, they are captured by pure emotion that their beloved year-and-a-half old British Shorthair is in remission.
Six months ago, Coffee was diagnosed with lymphoma.
“In March, we were brushing Coffee and felt lumps on the side of his body,” Coffee’s family said.
Concerned with the discovery, Coffee was taken to his primary veterinarian the very next day and underwent an aspiration. The results, they were told, would be available in a few days.
“There was something that just didn’t feel right to us. We had this nagging feeling like we needed quicker answers,” they said. “So we drove to California Veterinary Specialist (CVS) in Murrieta.”
On a Saturday, CVS performed an ultrasound on Coffee.
“One of Coffee’s kidneys was three times the average size, and the other one, was twice the size,” Coffee’s family shared.
The CVS team recommended the family meet with the CVS Angel Care Cancer Center team once the aspiration results were in.
“It was very hard not knowing,” Coffee’s family said.
The next day, Coffee lost his appetite and wasn’t his usual self.
The aspiration results came in on Monday: Lymphoma.